The Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has said the state would host an Enugu State Sports Festival in 2024 as part of the programmes to reposition sports in the state and also prepare for the next National Sports Festival (NSF) in Ogun State.
Mbah made these known at the weekend when he received the Minister for Sports Development, Senator John Enoh, who was in his office during a working visit to the state.
The governor who said the state is targeting top three finish at Ogun 2024 also rued the decline in sports development.
He lamented that the positions occupied by the state in the past 20 years do not represent the history of the state as home for champions in various sports fields.
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Mba, said his administration had designed a state sports policy, which sees sports beyond recreation and entertainment, but as a huge business and investment platform.
The governor, therefore disclosed that the state would host a sports summit in 2024 to harness its investment potentials in sports.
“Sometime next year, we will be hosting a sports summit where we will be showcasing the investment opportunities that we have in our sports sector; and we are going to be extending our invitation to you and other sports sector stakeholders and investors,” he said.
Earlier, the Minister of Sports Development, Senator Enoh, who lauded Mbah’s initiatives in sports development, expressed FG’s eagerness to partner with Enugu in grassroots sports development.
“We can’t achieve anything meaningful in terms of sports development without the grassroots of sports.
“So, my mission in Enugu today is to inspect the zonal office, meet with the Coordinator and other staff, and use this opportunity to introduce our Zonal Coordinator here in Enugu”, Senator Enoh explained.